The Chevy Colorado with the Duramax unit is the best hauler in the mid-size truck segment. But, many people forget that the 2023 GMC Canyon diesel uses the same drivetrain and it can also haul 7,700 pounds. Also, the company makes all the best packages available for combining them with the oil burner. Our recommendation is the new AT4x model.
The future of the 2.8-liter Duramax engine is questionable though. General Motors is building electric vehicles, and it is just a matter of time when diesel units will be dropped for good. It is not GM’s idea, but all other companies are turning to greener sources of power. So, the 2023 GMC Canyon diesel might be the last chance to grab this kind of engine.
2023 GMC Canyon Diesel Specs
Under the hood of the truck is a 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-four engine, capable of producing 200 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Like said, that is enough to maximize towing capacity to 7,700 pounds. Jeep Gladiator uses a bigger displacement, but hauls less than the 2023 GMC Canyon diesel. Petrol units can’t compare to the Duramax. Best of them can’t tow more than 7,000 lbs. A six-speed automatic transmission is still a power router. If the oil burner sticks around for a few more years, the new gearbox could be under development. The gas mileage is far the best in the lineup. With a diesel engine, the truck returns up to 30 mpg.
Packages and Options
Definitely, the best pair for the 2023 Canyon diesel is the AT4x package. The company revisited the off-road trim and made it even better. Now, the GMC can get on the line with Toyota and its TRD Pro model of Tacoma. But, the Japanese company is also revisiting the package. Further options for the 4×4-based bundle include leather or cloth interior, and a few high-end accessories.
If you are looking for a luxury truck, the Canyon Denali is also available with an oil burner. It doesn’t require a 4×4 drive. Leather seats are standard, as well as the Bose audio, 20-inch alloy wheels, wireless chargers, bedliner, MultiPro tailgate, and the company could add the Super Cruise features to the next Denali model.
2023 GMC Canyon Diesel Price
The entry-level truck with a diesel engine is combining Short Box and Elevation trim. Compared to the standard V6 petrol engine, the Duramax unit is a $4,000 upgrade and starts from $42,000. The AT4x is more expensive and with leather upholstery, the price exceeds $50k. You will have to add at least $5,000 more to get the Denali model.
We can say that the future of any diesel engine is not bright. Chevrolet already discontinued oil burners from many crossovers and SUVs. Other companies are doing the same. Those powerplants can still survive in the truck segment, but not for too long. Ford dropped the diesel unit from the F-150 lineup. We’ll see what does the competition say. However, with the growing electrification, where the GM is a leader, after the 2023 GMC Canyon diesel, we are not sure that the pickup with an oil burner will be available in 2024.